S (Scripture): Job 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
Who is this darkening counsel
with words lacking knowledge?
Prepare yourself like a man;
I will interrogate you, and you will respond to me.
The establishing of order
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations?
Tell me if you know.
Who set its measurements? Surely you know.
Who stretched a measuring tape on it?
Can you guide the stars
at their proper times,
lead the Bear with her cubs?
Do you know heaven’s laws,
or can you impose its rule on earth?
Can you issue an order to the clouds
so their abundant waters cover you?
O (Observation): WOW! God isn’t mixing words here. God has silently listened to Job’s complaints over what he’s lost and how righteous he is. God silently listened while Job’s “friends” try to convince Job that he must have done something wrong and God is punishing him for it.
In the end, here, God isn’t defensive…rather, God is angry that both Job and his friends are complaining like they have absolute wisdom and power. They don’t!
Who formed the earth and all that is in it!? God!
Who is all-knowing!? God!
Not Job. Not Job’s friends.
A (Application): How often do we think we have discipleship and being a follower of God all figured out? How often do we use logic to answer questions of faith and discipleship?
So much of what we go through in life, we feel like we need to label it as a result of something we or someone else or God “did.” Like we need an answer for everything.
In science, I can understand the desire and drive for answers. But for faith, we must sometimes let the reason “why?” sort of just remain unanswered and be content with our situation. Perhaps a reason or thought will come. Ok. But don’t try to tear down heaven and earth to find the answer.
Sometimes the silent mystery is just fine. Sometimes the answer to “why?” is a tension to be managed, rather than a problem to be solved.
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to just let some questions remain unanswered. Amen.